Known by God


Daily Reading for February 26

For most of my life I have struggled to find God, to know God, to love God. I have tried hard to follow the guidelines of the spiritual life—pray always, work for others, read the Scriptures—and to avoid the many temptations to dissipate myself. I have failed many times but always tried again, even when I was close to despair.

Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not “How am I to find God?” but “How am I to let myself be found by him?” The question is not “How am I to know God?” but “How am I to let myself be known by God?” And, finally, the question is not “How am I to love God?” but “How am I to let myself be loved by God?” God is looking into the distance for me, trying to find me, and longing to bring me home.

From The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri J. M. Nouwen (New York: Image Books, 1992).

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  1. I swear Nouwen was Lutheran . This quick meditation takes me back years to the time I first picked up Nouwen. Love at 1st read.

    "Love in a Fearful Land," was required reading before our trip to a civil war-torn Guatemala in 1988. Powerful trip, and Nouwen was part of it.

    Today's meditation makes for a nice focus for Lent. Questions will go on the refrigerator at home and the PC screen at work.

    Dave Borton

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  2. I don't really identify with the seemingly endless struggle. Repent & Believe is the only work Jesus gave us to do. In the meantime, we are in this World, but not of this World, to bring more seekers to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. God's Word (the Bible) is abundantly, easily available as a blueprint to follow for those that have ears to hear. 'For the message of the Cross is foolishness to those who are persishing, but to us who are being saved it is the Power of God.' 1cor1:18

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